Digital Friday: A Bar of Chocolate

When all things fail, draw yourself some virtual chocolate! Although it’s still best to get an actual one.


I had fun making this illustration actually. I’ve been meaning to paint this exact image using watercolors but this came as a last minute idea when the pizza I had in mind didn’t turn out well on screen. It’s my first time to draw a hand and if you look closely at the chocolates, you could see I added my initials on it too!

Any drawing you’d like to see next week? Feel free to put your comments below. Happy Friday! :)


Digital Fridays: Donuts

While you are reading this post, I’m now probably sketching another digital illustration. I just had to skip the posting part last week even on Instagram because I had to sort some other priorities a.k.a rushing these illustrations so I can have them test printed last Saturday! Yay! Stay tuned for updates on that printing project.

Anyway, donuts. I. Was. Craving. For. It. And that nagging feeling was channeled to my screen instead. See below the four donuts I made last week. Not really my fave flavors but I had fun making them.


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Digital Fridays: Pocky

I want to practice drawing digital so I figured maybe I could do this every Friday. My main focus would still be watercolors. It’s just that it’s easier to experiment styles and draw anything through Photoshop. Here’s my second attempt using again a pen tab :)

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Anybody here who likes Pocky or Pepero? I recently found out that Glico also produced a milk and pumpkin version (they have so many variants, actually). I guess these special flavors can only be found in Japan. My favorites are  Strawberry, Blueberry and Almonds. How about you? What flavors do you like most?

Harry Potter Series: Canary Creams


These Canary Creams were invented by none other than the Weasley Twins, Fred and George. They hexed these custard biscuits so that those who would eat it would turn into a large canary or bird. Pretty hilarious if this happens in real life!

The painting process was so-so for me. It was easy to draw a biscuit shaped as a bird but the difficulty level increased a little when I had to figure out how to draw the other one on a different perspective. Most of the images I saw on the net were plain round cookies so I had to really imagine how it (bird shape) would look like on its side.  I thought the paper was damaged already after series of erasures but luckily for me, it survived and it looked okay in the original. Hooray for this little achievement, hehe!

Materials used were Canson Smooth 300 gsm paper that I got from Bangkok, Winsor and Newton paints, Shin Han Touch in Blue Grey for the shadows and Uniball Signo white pen.

February Favorites & Learning Digital

Today is March 15 and I can’t believe I haven’t shared yet my February Favorites. I need to change this habit of not following my calendar. Although sometimes, I can’t help it because there are things that I just couldn’t deprioritize. Her name is Work.

I have a love-hate relationship with my work. I guess one of the things that keeps me from leaving is that this is the closest job I could get to being an artist (…for now). I am a writer and a producer and our task everyday is to create promotional materials for clients. I work daily with our editing team but sometimes, I coordinate also with our print team. So there are many times that I watch them do graphics, illustrate elements and turn simple concepts into great animations. I’m talking about Adobe skills here. I’m not a master of any of this stuff so I always enjoy seeing their process.

Recently, most of my team mates were out for a shoot. I was left in the office to do other work but since I have more free time to spare, I asked one of our designers if I could borrow their Wacom Intuos pen tab. It’s in my list ever since to try and get the feel of how it is to draw digitally. I can say that I’m more comfortable in traditional media so I had a bit of a hard time getting used to staring at the screen while my hand glides below. Thankfully, Wacom has a list of tutorials for new users so I spent an hour understanding some tips and tricks in Photoshop.

Since I haven’t uploaded yet my February Favorites, I decided to recreate them digitally (honestly, I was just not happy with my painted Feb work that’s why I posted it late, haha).  Here are my six February Favorites!

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First row from left to right:

  1. Jollibee Tuna Pie
  2. Hopia Ube of Ate Nette – my usual morning snack in the office
  3.  Sakura Gelly Rolls in clear and gold- obssessed with the shimmer, too bad it doesn’t show much in my scanned works

Second row from left to right:

  1. Podcasts – I’m subscribed to Arianne Serafico’s The Purposeful Creative . So helpful and motivating!
  2. Alessia Cara – her voice is so gewd! I saved her whole album in Spotify.
  3. Hamilton Musical Soundtrack – Listening non stop to this because Lin Manuel Miranda. Is. A. Genius.

So there.

I think I did pretty well for a first timer hehe. It was so easy picking a color and undo is just a click away in my pen. I just don’t understand yet the settings for the brushes but no wonder so many artists prefer doing digital. It’s more efficient and convenient. I still like to paint traditionally but I might do this again to my next monthly favorites for practice.

Anyone here who’s good in digital illustration? Or are you more of a traditional artist? I’d love to read about your experience. You can share here too your February Faves!


Harry Potter Series: Chocolate Frog

I was thinking of pausing a bit with this series due to some project that I can’t share yet to the world. Aaagh, excited here!  It’s finished actually. My illustrations were submitted weeks ago but because of the tight deadline and the bulk of painting I did (or so I think), I wanted to rest my hands for a while and just brainstorm. However, I realized that I haven’t even reached yet half the number of my total illustrations for this! So before total laziness creeps back into my system , I went back to my desk and finished this piece. I’m happy with how it turned out. It felt great too because now I know I can draw a frog. A chocolate frog! That’s two subjects in one piece, ha!


My inspiration was from the first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, when Harry first learned about this candy from Ron Weasley while on board the train to Hogwarts. The accents in the background were from the designs in the packaging.

Materials used were Canson Montval 300 gsm watercolor paper, Winsor and Newton Cotman paints, Raw Umber and Ultramarine Blue handmade watercolors from @seamountainco, Rotring chinese ink, Uniball Signo white pen and Sakura Gelly Rolls in clear and gold.

Harry Potter Series: Sugar Quills

How’s your Monday, guys? Still exhausted after last week’s work. I honestly feel like my team is everyone’s all-around robot. Got super stressed and emotional about this “treatment/feeling” so I really made sure that my weekend would be allotted to something that would help up my mood. Plus, I’m also way behind my painting schedule. I still have 7 more illustrations to finish before concluding the series! *huhu*

Anyway, here’s the Sugar Quill illustration that I promised in my previous post. Took me three tries before finally deciding that it’s time to stop wasting paper and just see what I can do in Photoshop. Below is the final result.


I’m so excited to share the news also that for the first time, someone asked me for a commission! *OMG! It’s one of the reasons why I delayed the HP series* I’ve submitted the final artworks and I just hope that it will look good in wherever it will be placed. It’s an overwhelming experience actually for a first timer like me but I definitely gained a lot of learnings from this experience. Hope to share with you the details soon!

Harry Potter Series: Cauldron Cake

Happy Valentines guys! Here’s the fourth illustration for this series. Side note: I’d love to try a Cauldron Cake in the future, yum!

I’m discovering right now that I don’t like putting letters in my work. Except maybe if the strokes are thinner? What do you think? But for consistency and practice I think I’ll work on it til the twelfth.


Next on my series would be Sugar Quills! It looks kind of simple but I was stuck with it for weeks. Stay tuned on my next post to see the final artwork!

Monique :)

Harry Potter Series: Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans

Happy Saturday guys! I was looking forward to this weekend since Wednesday haha. Here’s the third Harry Potter treat for you all.


The materials I used were Canson Montval 300gsm paper, Winsor and Newton paints, and my new clear Sakura gelly roll! I spent the entire time just picking which of the two shades of gold to buy. I ended up getting the clear one *on second thought, I might go back and buy those two*. 

Now back to the beans, I got to paint all the twenty flavors inside and it contains some crazy ones like Booger, Dirt, Earwax, Vomit, etc. Why would wizards want to eat those LOL.

Anyone who has ever tried these flavors? How was it? I’m not a fan of jellybeans so I have no plans of tasting these soon but I’m curious how this set fares. I’d love to hear from you guys, I hope you could describe to me your experience *like were you forced to eat them? was it in a dare?*  I’d be happy to read your stories! :)